Monthly microdata on employments and earnings without having to apply for them – this is the latest offer in microdata.no. How that is possible? Because Statistics Norway has started loading data from the Norwegian digital collection system of job, income, and tax deductions into the service.
From December on, microdata.no supplies the users with data from the so-called A-ordning, Norway’s coordinated digital administrative reporting structure for data on employment, income, and tax deductions to the Tax Administration and the Labour and Welfare Administration. The reports are monthly and Statistics Norway receives a copy for statistical purposes. An increasing selection of these data are now available in microdata.no.
The A-ordning depicts Norwegian work life in detail month by month, with time series starting in January 2015. The latest data in microdata.no are from July 2021. New monthly data will follow consequently.
All the jobs in Norway
The monthly reports gives a complete picture of all jobs in Norway and the earnings connected to them. The population includes both residents and migrant workers. Statistics Norway uses the data to produce the employment statistics.
How to work with the data
In microdata.no, the data from the A-ordning are organized in two ways – either by job or person as the statistical unit.
The job is the unit where the same persons may be reported more than once, typically when they have more than one job. These variables are named with the prefixes ARBLONN_ARB or ARBLONN_LONN. The job is linked to a person by the variable «Job to person link» (ARBEIDSFORHOLD_PERSON), where the job is the unit and the person’s ID its value. You will find examples on how to match persons and jobs in the microdata.no home page.
The person is the unit where the variable cannot have more than one observation per person, such as gender, place of living, and summed up totals for all jobs. These variables are prefixed ARBLONN_ARB.
Take care of the dynamics
With data as dynamic as the A-ordning data, you need to stick to the same source when using background variables like place of living, gender and age (prefix ARBLONN_PERS). A substantial part of the population in the A-ordning are not included in other sources, for instance the population statistics. In these cases, matching an A-ordning population with other sources will return missing values.
Variables from the A-ordning in microdata.no as of December 2021
In the table below, the variable labels are in English. In the variable overview in microdata.no, all metadata, labels included, are in Norwegian.
|Citizen or migrant worker
|Employment status – type of curation
|Job end date
|Job start date
|Job to person link
|Main or secondary job
|Municipality of living
|Municipality of living – type of curation
|Permanent or temporal ID
|Type of work
|Working hours – full time for the job, curated
|Working hours – full time/part time
|Working hours – job percent in contract, as reported
|Working hours – job percent in contract, curated
|Working hours – job percent total in contract(s) for all jobs
|Working hours – job percent, type of curation
|Working hours – type of shift
|Working hours – weekly, as in contract
|Working hours – weekly, total for all jobs
|Working hours –full time for the job, as reported
|Years since first registered in Norway
|Years since latest registration in Norway